Mount Rushmore Int'l Contest
Inspired by Mt. Rushmore National Memorial
Prizes: Mt. Rushmore 50th Anniversary Commemorative Postage Stamp Posters
Presidents with Visions for America ...and the World
If they could speak
today, what would they say about
(Winners are posted for all three categories)
America is a democratic republic. By definition, a democracy is government rulings by the common man. A republic is when power is given to the people and exercised by elected representatives. In order to maintain a "democratic republic", we cannot get rid of the eletoral college. The electoral college is a way for the a democracy and a republic to come together as a democratic republic as America has been able to do.
Angela Burley, Virginia Beach, VA, Salem High, Grade 11
Just because there were voting problems,
Liz Fink, Huntington, New York, Harborfields High School, Grade 10
We debated a social contract in the Constitutional Conventions, and we discussed presidential election at length. We struck a compromise balancing the rights of the states, whose ratification we needed, with those of individual electors. Our invention worked and still works. Without the electoral college in the year 2000, you would still be counting. But the government we delivered requires responsible citizenship. Don't scapegoat the Constitution. Accept responsibility, and perhaps you can reclaim your republic.
Stephen Fournier, Hartford, Connecticut
It is essential for the public interest to preserve a method of selecting the Executive in such honest fashion that he shall be duty bound to no man, to no politic, and that the Executive must be of such broad talent and experience as to rise above the low arts of popularity and persuasion. There is within me a sublime desire to witness the evolution of our nation in the able hands of good men.
Christopher Koceja, East Troy, ?
The electoral college is fine by me,
Lukas Wales, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, England
A dark brooding cloud of despondence has engulfed this nation's electoral process, and we as Americans must transcend this ineptitude of quasi-chad punching, in order to transmogrify this pungent, intrinsic feeling of incompetence which has recently plagued our past election. Simplicity is the mark of a great mind minimalism is the mark of a great nation.
Let us cast aside this complicated system of casting ballots, and let us embrace a more straight-forward system.
David M. Evans, San Antonio, TX, Judson Senior High School, Grade 12
What College is this, without a school?
My ballot should count, for whom I require.
Let me choose, who gets my yea.
Paul Thurman, Zeeland, Michigan
As our technology advances greatly into our new millenium, we, as Americans our now greatly educated about the process of electing our representitives. When we wrote our constitution, we knew that our people were not educated enough in politics to vote, but now there is no need for such an antidiluvian process of an electoral college.
Michael Sanislo, Philadelphia, PA, Northeast High School: Grade 10
I wish to speak out against the Electoral College. The College, though it has outlived the Founding Fathers by more than 200 years, is no longer capable of governing our voting system. Who we vote for as our president should be the people's choice. Yet, as we all know, the current president did not gain the favor of the majority of voters. The College does not reflect the people's will therefore, it should be abolished.
Kelvin Ho, Hong Kong, Diocesan Boys' School, Grade 8